Bears at Panthers Game Preview

It's hard to predict what the Chicago Bears offense will look like with 116 year-old Todd Collins at the quarterback position.  The Vegas odds are probably on "ugly".  But sometimes a team needs to win a game ugly to remind themselves they can.  I think Sunday is one of those days when the 2010 Bears channel my favorite Bears team of the recent memory, the 2005 Bears.

YOUR HUNGRY 2010 CHICAGO BEARS
over
Carolina Panthers
Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?
  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • Even with Todd Collins at QB, the Bears should be able to move the ball down the field by going to short routes and screens.  Mike Martz is a clever enough coordinator to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers without risking the brain of his quarterback.
  • That being said, I think the Bears will have a quick hook with Collins.  If he looks like he's dragging himself up and down the field, Lovie will turn to Caleb Hanie.  Having seen both on Sunday night in-person, Hanie had 10-15 more MPH on his fastball.
  • I think Devin Hester has an 8-10 catch game, over 100 yards and a touchdown.  He plays like Steve Smith Sunday.
  • The Panthers will obviously commit to the run game and the Bears will commit to stopping the run.  (I see Chris Harris playing almost a fourth linebacker position.)  Look for Jimmy Clausen to try and get the ball to David Gettis in one-on-ones on the outside.  I don't doubt that it'll lead to some annoying third-down conversions but I can't see it striking for six points.
  • It seems every time these teams play, Jeff King makes a big catch over the middle.  Anybody who knows me knows Jeff King is on my All Jeff Hughes NFL Team. 
  • Two good kickers and punters.  Mike Goodson is a dangerous return man for them but our kick/punt return combo is as good as there is.  I hate playing John Fox teams because John Fox teams care about their specials.  (I'm hoping not to be leading the John Fox as next Bears coach bandwagon at the end of the year.)
  • Jimmy Clausen looked lost against a good Bengals defense and slightly less lost against a mediocre Saints defense.  He's not faced a player like Julius Peppers, who Jerome Bettis think is the without-question defensive player of the year.  He's not faced linebackers like Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher.  I think he's going to make some big mistakes.

Chicago Bears 20, Carolina Panthers 12

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  • you son of a bitch FQ, i had a celebration planned

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    and that was me pissing on your celebration en route to a beer in your cooler. the always hospitable Waffle ladies and gentlemen!!!!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    hahahaha

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    THAT was funny

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Waffle is a peach, ain't he?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Why such a girly avatar?

    Sorry... had to

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    It's James Brown, the penultimate man's man.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Last year, there was lots o' hate for Jason mcKie on DBB.

    But shit, it'd be nice to have a real lead blocker for this game.

    He's no Ironhead Hayward (RIP) but he could hit the hole, something Brett Farve seems unable to do. (That's for you Crown).

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    No Ironhead Hayward was for me. Thank you sir, thank you. I loved that guy. Good references today gents. Nigerian Nightmare. I'd like to thank MBP for correcting me on my Total Recall three tittied midget reference. That was two characters I combined. I apologize.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    We definitely need a banger for a changeup back. Taylor and Forte are the same guy. Christian Okoye, Ickey Woods type please.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Favorite Bear is Briggs, no question.
    Least? Can't believe nobody said Omygodcantblock yet. Butters sucks, but at least he was good once. Omiyale has stunk up three positions in two years.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Crown-

    Honestly, I think that was the first time he tried to cheat. What a disaster. That voicemail was hilarious.

    I love how she referred to him as a creepy douche.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I am Todd Collins! Here me ROOOOAAAARRRRRRRR!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    jeeesus.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Funny shit. Gotta love Johnny!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    If he's not playing, it's serious. Jay's a tough dude.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    agree

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Bears 13-3

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Not a out how tough he is... that's the old NFL. It's about whether an independent doctor (with his rep and medical license on the line) makes the right diagnosis. Period.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    exactly. c'mon now Jeff...you're smart enough to realize that it's not just Jay's decision, but if the independent doc doesn't sign off on him playing, he won't play. and frankly, glad he doesn't play; this will send a message to the o-line that their actions caused the toughest QB in the league (well imho) to sit out a game. AND it forces the running game on display (put up or shut up time).

    BEAR DOWN!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bears now underdogs. +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Brett Favre

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Thought I'd bait you guys with this:

    Don fucking Banks just couldn't WAIT for us to take a slip in order to just sink us.
    Chicago Bears (3-1)
    I was in the press box of Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night, writing my take on Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia, but I could almost hear the pounding that Jay Cutler was taking up the road in New Jersey against the Giants. And I thought Cutler's first quarter at Dallas in Week 2 would be the worst pass rush pressure he would face all season ...

    I've come to the point where I don't give a shit about these morons anymore. None of it means shit till after game 16. Talk to us then Don you fuckstick. If we don't make the playoffs then you can go jerk yourself to thoughts of Cutler taking that hit from Osi. If we do make the playoffs you can go eat a bag of dicks you fucktard.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don Fuckstick, of the Fuckstick clan.

    On his house, over his garage he has a wood carved sign that says "Fucktastic!"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My favorite Bear: Cutler. He wanted to be a Bear, and he plays like a leader plays. He's the best QB since Jimmy Mac.

    Least Favorite Bear: Butter. Obviously.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He wanted to be a Bear? He plays like a leader? Come on man. I like Cutler, but he has a lot of growing up to do.

  • In reply to zmac:

    agree.

    My favorite Bear? Probably Gould. Just damn near the best at his position in the entire league. And kickers are damn important, no matter what ya'll might say about it.

  • In reply to zmac:

    Current favorite Bear? Easy.

    Peanut.
    Hands down, far and away, my favorite current bear. Great family guy and great player - all he does is make big plays.

  • In reply to zmac:

    So when the Bears say "independent consultant", is that an NFL Dr.? Or someone that the Bears hire?

  • In reply to Church:

    Clearly wasn't anyone doing us a favor - he should be playing. Anyone see us beating a team/anybody with Hanie or Collins at QB?

  • In reply to zmac:

    Jay is the Franchise - but, damn, is it fun to root for #33.

  • In reply to zmac:

    Favorite Bear: Forte. Great twisting catch in Cowboys game. And who doesn't need a hole to run through? Peanut second. Gould and Briggs honorable mentions.
    Least Favorite: Butter. Idonije and Shaffer next.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Oops I meant Lions game.

  • In reply to zmac:

    Uh... his childhood favorite team was the Bears. I think it would be fair to say one would most likely want to play for their favorite team growing up. And as far as him growing up to do, I'm sick of people judging his maturity level by his on field facial expressions and demeanor. I actually played basketball against him and Olsen at a Lifetime Fitness. He carried himself in the exact same manner and with the same petulant look on his face. That's just what his normal facial expression is. As far as him occasionally jawing at players on the offense, I believe he has shown a great deal of restraint. For all the times he has been knocked on his ass and all the miscommunications with wide receivers there's only been a few times where he has been shown to be verbally berating a teammate. He's a competitor and wants to win. I'd be pissed too if I was running an offense where on any given play at least 6 of the other 10 players on the field are either too incompetent or inadequate to perform their respective duties. A leader has to hold them accountable. You can't just let it slide when for 2 years now Devin Hester continues to line up in the wrong spot on the field. I'd be doing the same thing, minus the petulant look on my face...hopefully.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bears rank 31st in rush offense. I forget, dont we have two of the best RB's in the NFL? CMON MAANNNNN!!!!!!!!! thats PATHETIC!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Two of the Best RB's? Better than average, yes. Best, no was. To be in the Best category there needs to be a list of accomplishments. One hit wonders don't equal best in my book.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    top 10 atleast trac.. CMON MMAAANN!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    right now in the NFL... CMONN TTRRRAAACCCCC!!!!!!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I like them to Fresno. Just hate to see mediocrity rewarded with a title of Best. No offense intended friend.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    TRAC- in todays NFL, you wouldnt consider our RBS in the atleast top 10

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Maybe a top 10 tandem, but not in the top 10 individually. Not even close.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    let me drop my bomb...

    Chester needs to be our starter man... unless they want to run a 2-back set every play. Matty SUCKS in traffic and short yardage. The dude FINDS backs of linemen to run into. He's a back-seeking missle.

    Use him for dumps, screens and get him into space, but the dude should NEVER get a straight hand off into the interior of the line... ever.

    There I said it. Been wanting to for a long time. Start Chet. Period.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +100!!! Chester runs three times harder and stronger and can actually make defenders bounce off of him. Why Forte KEEPS getting run plays straight up the middle, it just blows my mind.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He was fine two years ago when we actually, you know, ran the ball. He's not Christian Okoye, but the guy can break runs. He hasn't since any touches. We'll see what happens this weekend when Mad Martz has to establish the run.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Damn MBP... brining the Nigerian Nightmare into the conversation. That was a bit unnecessary. Brings a tear. Steve Atwater wasn

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry, forgot the link. Steve. Fucking. Atwater.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvPxzQBIafo&feature=related

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BTW, I can't resist posting this about peter king:

    "
    Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (0-4)
    I am a sucker for those Niners, aren't I? I am falling on the Alex Smith sword this week. I see the good things he does and think, He's going to put it together one of these weeks and shock the world. ... Well, I say he has enough good weapons to shock Kevin Kolb and the Eagles Sunday night."

    Oooohhh, I bet you'd like to fall on Alex Smith's sword buddy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm sure that won't be a problem in San Francisco.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    With college getting tougher and longer, I have to resit sitting at the computer for a hour reading and commenting on here. It's worth every min though.

    Least fav player: Tommie Harris. He has disappointed me more than my first gf who promised to take my virginity every weekend and it never happened.

    My fav player: It has to be Urlacher, but I won't lie, Juluis Peppers has literally impressed me. I wish, we could have had this guy a long time ago. He plays 100% every play and every down.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Artoo, are you paying attention and giving a shit in college, dude? Wake up at noon, have your first spliff, roll over for some more Zs ... get some afternoon poker in ... start drinking mid-evening .... illegal substances ... wild seed .... sexual abandon ... you feelin' me? Use those years productively man, not sensibly. That shit comes later, you don't get the college years back unless your dad is rich. Man, I have no idea what the Bears did in the first half of the nineties.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Last post since I seem to be in here alone - this thing on?

    Two Items:

    * How many of you guys think the Chiefs are for reals this year? I don't for whatever reason

    * THIS is what a top TE looks like (you listening olsen?): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jim_trotter/10/07/gates/index.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Man, MB is really down on Olsen.

    He went back in the doghouse with that horrid block, but he did make some big over the middle catches against the Pack, and his speed turned the Cowboys game around.

    Manofmoolah, who literally makes about twice as much as Olsen, his value per dollar sucks it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Exactly.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My issue with him GP is that the guy is a genetic freak of nature, and he was a first rounder

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, and you'll get no argument from me about manu. No idea wht happened to that fucking guy. Just baffled. (but he has no influence on my olsen argument)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Even WRs need to block though, that's another area where we suffer from having Smurfs. The running game. Terrell Owens would have been great for us there. Really disappointed that Mr. 6'7 and Shabba are not featuring for us.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We have 4 votes for Butter as least favorite Bear. Overpaid, underperforming, and cries to his douchebag agent Drew Rosenfucker about not getting respect.

    Seems only capable of falling down at the line of scrimmage and is losing the battle with individual guards who just push him down, much less drawing a double team which he hasn't commanded in several years.

    But he did get T-shirts printed for the D-line. So, I guess there's that...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    make that 5. fuck him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So is that it? Ok, then. Let's send this to Lovie to get Butter and Manu traded. Anyone have an extra guard or LT?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Favorite Bear - Brian "I don't pull out, ever" Urlacher. Give Peppers another year and he may be taking my vote.

    Leaast favorite bear - Manshit

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Manshit. Great nickname did you just coin that? An Instant Classic. Any former Ram LDL knew is an instant red flag. Archuleta, Manshit, are there more?

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Um, Pisa is an ex-Ram. The exception that proves the rule?

  • In reply to Jokey:

    It's probably been posted but the Giant who blasted Collins was fined for helmet to helmet AND a personal foul on Schaffer.

    It's been a while, fans, and I have to say that traffic in a certain large midwestern city that is home to a certain, much discussed/beloved NFL team, really SUCKS!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Non footbal related question of the week for youz guyz...

    HTC Droid incrdible or Motorola Droid 2?

    I can upgrade in Nov and my Droid (original) is getting old.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Artoo is your man. I hear he knows this protocol droid who speaks over 6 million languages and can probably help out with your fantasy teams.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Lets just hope this doesn't happen against the Panters. This is a sick, sick, sick hit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjT-VQ6vd2U&feature=related

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Way to go Collins, try staring Earl Bennett down a little more on that throw. I think there were Giants fans in the top row of the stadium who couldn't figure out where you were going to throw that ball.

    I can't read lips, but I think he said "oh fuck that hurt"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah but he was a baller. He had it once. Hillenmeyer never had it. Olsen doesn't have it. I'm giving least favorite BEar to Girl Thor because he was a first rounder. Who picks a tight end in the first round? Especially a female ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Curious as to why you think Hester suddenly catches ten balls today Jeff? Why would he have a great game all of a sudden with a QB he's had little or no reps with? Wouldn't make sense. Now Shabba on the other hand ... he'd better be playing or Lovie needs to be kicked square in the nuts.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The word "block" does not appear in that article.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Because they don't confuse what gates is. He's a pass catching TE... even though he blocks well to boot.

    We mix olsen up and try to make him make critical blocks, which we should never do. I would be much more up on him if we used him for what he does best.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yep I hear you. That blindside whiff block was literally a QB's worst nightmare. And that was the most important blocking assignment on that play. And I hear the criticisms too on Forte made above - he has to block better - it's more awareness of who to block and where to be positioned in his case. But Olsen just plain FAILED - he committed to a wipe-out, go for the thighs block and missed. Flat on his belly with a speed rusher going around/over him, he wasn't even in a position to hold him. Saving your francise QB/party buddy's neck? That's what holding is for.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Right on, Jokey. He could at least have grabbed his foot and tripped him up.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Even just standing in his way would have been more effective, but when you throw a 'block' like that, you're basically throwing the towel in. Olsen's softness basically cost us our quarterback. I've been ripping on Olsen since his girliness first presented itself and I've literally written a book on him at this stage, so I'll leave the rest of you to it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm going to pick a favorite that isn't my exact favorite, but hasn't been pointed out yet. (Favorite would be a tie between Peanut and Briggs.)Olin Fuckin Kruetz. Pound for pound the toughest son of a bitch on the team. Just ask Fred Miller whose mouth was wired shut for longer than a month due to the flyin Hawaian. He's been the QB of the O-line for more than a decade; reading defenses, making sure everyone knows whats coming and vocalizing everything he sees on the field to the other players. The MIKE on offense. He never makes excuses. He speaks the truth. He's the first one to take responsibility for his unit and his play. He's been an underweight C his whole career, yet still is able to get the job done. You won't see too many flags on this guy because he's a smart football player. Even though he hasn't had the strongest o-lineman around him through the years, he's done the best with what he's had. Countless pro-bowls. To still be playing at a high level at his age is impressive. Here's to him getting that line to gel in the very near future.

    Least favorite: Butter. Most hyped player in recent history. He was the best 3-technique tackle in the league for maybe 2 weeks, yet everyone continued to talk about how great he was and how much "potential" he had. He still refers to himself in third person and delusionally believes he can still be a pro-bowler. His knees melt on every play. He can't get low anymore; he's hobbeling around like a motherfucker out there. He's a pussy fuckin teddy bear. Fuck em; limpy ass McGee.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you guys here the Favre voicemails. What a fumbling bumbling red-neck wrangler dumb ass. Dude has noooo game! You're Brett Fuckin Favre, not the 17 year old nerd who is asking a girl to prom. Uuuummmm, just got out of practice and ahhhhhhh, just wanted to see what you were doing. Ahhh, I'm gonna chill at the hotel and uuummmmmmm wanted to see ahhhhhhh what you're up to. Uuuuuuh maybe you can drop ahhhhhh by.

    Maybe I should give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe that dumb nervous shtick has worked for him. Maybe he's rusty and got busted the one time he decided to cheat (doubt it.) But, you're Brett Fuckin Favre.

    All he should have to say is; just got done with practice, you should have been here a half an hour ago. Hurry up, I need some funbags to play with while I ice my knees and a ba jay jay NOW!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Crown... my brother was a player amoungst players, and while I was never one, I've had a bunch of player friends... that said, for what I've only heard on this blog, you are THEE player amoungst players my man.

    Farve would have trouble following your game sir.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    from what... jeeesus.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Huh? This just made my day.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Precisely - a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Re: Forte vs. Taylor

    From the limited amount Ive seen this season, MB I will agree with you that undoubtedly Chester hits the holes much harder and faster (thats what she said). Before we go handing him the starting job, though, we need to see him assume a much bigger role in the offense. This is precisely the week to do that. We can revisit this convo after this week, but Im looking for a break out game from Taylor.

    For now, Forte should be and is our starter. My 2 cents.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I'm not feeling any hate for Forte. We have a piss poor line, full stop, period, end of paragraph. I was just watching Turtlehead Manning the other day (getting his ass handed to him by the Jags, yes!). I'm sitting there marveling at the time he has to sit in his pocket and wondering what Jay could do with time like that,a nd their line isn't even that great. But Jay gets the snap and it's instantly "Oh Shit!". Can't run with that crap, can't pass. Foundations of the team, foundations of the game, where it all springs from. Ours sucks and that's all she wrote.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good running backs, good D, serviceable O-line. You can win games with that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Your off your rocker on Forte MB. Give him some time and carries and he'll be good. Taylor is not better than Forte.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I'm open to it, and would love to see it Coach... I just haven't seen it since the rook year.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    My Favorite Bear. BRIAN URLACHER! EnUFF SAID!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I'll go with Brian. We rise and fall with Urlacher. When he's not in there we're a shadow of the team we are when he's on the field. I don't know what we'll do when he's gone, because if it's Angelo that's trying to replace him we're screwed.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Julius is catching up quick though ...

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Reed it and weep Fresno. Forte is waaaay down the list.

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=0&statisticCategory=RUSHING&conference=null&season=2010&seasonType=REG&d-447263-s=RUSHING_YARDS&d-447263-o=2&d-447263-n=1

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    of course this year they are down in numbers cause they dont even get any chances to run the ball. Imagine if Forte got the chance to run the ball atleast 20times a game? how many yards more would he get? most of those top runners are getting the ball more than 25 times a game.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Most of those players average about 2-3 yrds on about 15 of their carrys and then bam they break one for a 20 here and then a 10 here. Forte can be good hella good but shit man our Coaches gotta give him the ball.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Exactly. The number of rushing attempts is in the toilet. We have no idea how good these guys are at run-blocking because THEY NEVER DO IT.
    You can't rush the ball 10 times a game and expect the RB to miraculously spring a long one. Shit, even AP needs touches to build a decent YPC.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    You just answered your own question Fresno. In order to be a top ten runner, you have to run the ball. End of story.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Well, what did I originally predict? Martz would get Cutler killed in 6 games? Well, I was wrong it only took 4. I guess they're going to give J'Marcus a start at RT this week too... the referees are going to need spatulas to help Collins off the field. Bear down tho.

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    Way to keep it positive BT. Common now. I think I've been one of the strongest 'realists' up to this point... but I have faith we'll make it to the break at 6-2.

    Chin up man.

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    Oh and... most favorite bear: Mike Fucking Brown bitches!!

    ...ok, ok. Briggsy man, Briggsy.

    Least: No brainer

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Breaking 4 laws - that's good stuff. And yes if Jay's concussion is on anyone, it's Olsen. But in his defense, he's more of a receiver than blocker. If you're gonna hate anyone, hate Manu - he can't do either. He's 100% useless.

    I wonder if Dez would have stoned Osi on the play Olsen whiffed on him. In past years I've seen him be a good chip blocker but one-on-one against an edge rusher is a different task.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, think about Forte's rookie year and how much worse we would have sucked without him. He carried the offense. That wasn't a fluke. Last year he played hurt and probably should have been inactive some. This year we when we do run there's no place to go except - straight sideways?

    We're in denial if we think Taylor would do much better. I thought he was a good pickup but if we're running this little we don't need to spell Forte.

    What I do agree with is that we need more screens and flares and RB involvement out of both backs. What we really need is a real running game but I don't see that happening soon. Gotta figure that this week's emphasis was protection, and the running game will be the next step. Plus don't forget we've historically been a bad running team in the beginning of each year.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Totally with you Jokey. I just think the statement that our RB's are top ten and rank among the Best is waaay out of line.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Nice point, and nice pic. Where did you run into Devin? Mensa meeting?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Hee hee

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Lol that was at Bears Care before last season. Scored free tickets which were pricey (250 maybe). Awesome access though - I have a lot more pics w/other players & LDL, JA.

    Hester really is a smurf when you stand next to him. I'm 5'8" and look at the picture. I have one w/Olsen and he's a fucking giant, I'm barely taller than his shoulder.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    My favorite Bear: Pisa Tinoisamoa. This guys loves the game and he plays with the passion and skill that most of the Samoan/Hawaiian/Polynesian players play with. When he got hurt last year it truly pained me to watch people talk shit about him. He is everything you want in a football player. A coach's player if you will.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Love your enthusiasm but ... Forte isn't close to a top 10 RB and Cheeto is a backup. Great RB's get yardage even with a crappy line (Walter, Sayers, Sanders, etc). Avg backs get whatever the OL opens up for them.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Comparing the current top 10 RBs in the league to 3 of the top 50 players of ALL TIME is a little whacked. Plenty of "top 10" running backs in the league right now CAN'T get yardage with a crappy line and will therefore never be referred to in single-name terms like the three great ones you listed.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Very whacked. Well said.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    OK, fair point. How do these names sound to you; Ahmad Bradshaw, Ronnie Brown, Jamal Charles, Arian Foster, Steven Slaton, Frank Gore, Steven Jackson, Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Thomas Jones, Shonn Greene, Darren McFadden, Rashard Mendenhall, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Michael Turner, Deangelo Williams. That's 17 guys that are arguably better than Forte. There are a bunch of others but I think you get the point. Maybe Forte is better than 4 or 5 of those guys but maybe not. The rest of them are better than Forte. Don't get me wrong, I like Forte but he doesn't create any yardage on his own, doesn't break many tackles and his blitz pickups this year aren't anything to shout about.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    see my post above canada, but totally forgot a really great point you just brought up...

    Matty is about as good a blocker as fucking olsen - and that is NOT good, at all. Jesus man, it's not that hard to put a quick pop on someone's inside shoulder on their way to kill our QB. I mean, Matty is now soley responsible for getting Jay killed 3 times in 4 games (and 4 preseason games). You need to be able to block someone in protection.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Safe travels Al.

    Doc, MBP, and Canada... Peanut was going to be my first choice too, but I think Briggsy has been an animal every year and doesn't get the love he deserves so I thought I would represent. And I like his mohawk (take that trac! Ha)

    I have another story for you guys:

    So I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sick MB! I would love to play a pick-up game with Peanut. Like I said in an earlier post, if Peanut was good enough to play in the NBA, I bet he'd average 5 steals per game.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Why u change the pic crown?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thanks for adding the word "arguably" in there.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Favorite Bear is Peanut. Least favorite is Tommie. For obvious reasons.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Favorite Bear: 3-Way tie between Cutty, 54, and JP

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fuckstick would imply that he has a stick capable of such an act. Truly, I doubt it

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    MB, I came to that conclusion a few years ago. These national football writers don't watch all the games. They don't actually look at every team. They sort of glance at a bunch of things at 1 and a bunch of things at 4. The reason people make such a big deal out of the national games (Sun, Mon, Thurs nights) is because these writers actually sit and watch them.

    I watched the last Panthers games in their entirety and haven't seen one writer actually diagnose this team accurately. It's all general shit they hear from others.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Your last sentence reminds me of a Mark Twain quote which, I guess, applies to most national sportswriters as well:

    "In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing."

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Exactly tobi. This is true in so many ways.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    WAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPP!!

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    My favorite player on the Bears : Brian Urlacher
    Urlacher brought back recognition to the Chicago Bears defense for being a hard hitting, scratch and clawing force to be reckoned with after a long drought of mediocrity. He was a tough S.O.B. when the Bears drafted him and he's still a tough S.O.B. now.

    My least favorite player on the Bears: And the winner is......Brandon Manumaleuna.
    Nothing personal Brandon but you cost way too much and you Sir are the reason we didn't go after any qaurds or tackles for our O because you were supposed to be the man and so far you have not lived up to your billing.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Sadly, I have to agree. The Samoan Skyscraper has been a big disappointment so far.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I am traveling this weekend so you likely won't have Albet in Tucson to kick around this week. Rally 'round the back-up and Go Bears!

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    sounds very similar to when a local paper doesn't have shit to write about or is too lazy and just robs a dumbass AP article from a writer who doesn't know shit about what he is writing about.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    i think Twain said it better though

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Amen to that, Blogfather. I think the national types become less relevant by the day.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I get that, but what really gets me is the condescending, disrespectful, and dismissive language used by guys like banks... who, for some reason seem to revel specifically in the Bears pain. It really boils down to having (or not having) any respect for our organization. I don

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's an old journalistic trick MB. They're counting on that kind of a response because they know most football fans are like abused spouses and will come back for more. Opinions rule the world in every arena. Fact's alone aren't sexy enough.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yep, I get that beneath it all, it's all about selling papers.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    at

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    It's an attempt to be funny. I don't think it's malicious.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Funny? Jesus.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The prevalent philosophyis and has been for a a long time:

    "Whatever moves the needle".

    You want funny?
    Mayor Larry Vaughn's wardrobe in JAWS.
    THAT was funny.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    There's no such thing as a tough brain cell.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Amen

  • I guess they felt Collins gives us a better chance to execute the offense. Defense and Special Teams are going to come down hard on the Panthers.

    We still win and Cutty gets a little extra time to mend. I can't disagree with the logic.

  • your favorite player is the captain of our weakest unit? Olin was good, now he's average.

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